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Who is the intended audience of "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston?

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On one hand, Zora Neale Hurston doesn't seem to have an intended audience in mind. Her essay is more a celebration of her own identity and pride for who she has become as a individual. Though she admits she is what she calls a "colored person," she says she does not "belong to the sobbing school of negrohood." Sixty years after the end of slavery, she claims to have found freedom and happiness, more so than most white people who she feels are followed around by the ghosts of their slaves.

On the other hand, the essay was first published in a Christian magazine called "World Tomorrow," so if it is addressing anyone it might be a Christian audience. Certainly there is a sense that she feels that the suffering of the African Americans was not only out of their hands, but had lead to something better: "Slavery" she says "is a price for civilisation." As controversial a view as this is, it fits the spiritual concept that regardless of race and nationality, people are all a...

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